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(NBC News)   Off-duty NYPD officer sacrifices his own life to save family of seven   ( divider line
    More: Hero, Artur Kasrpzak, N.Y.P.D.  
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2012-11-01 12:05:03 PM  
14 votes:
Well, that is one way to save them.

I would have done the whole "get them evacuated a day or two before storm" thing myself.

But, that's just me.
2012-11-01 02:21:07 PM  
8 votes:
and its his own family.. so its really does not make him a hero.. especially since there does not seem to be any reason associated for him to "risk" his life since they were all saved already.

I revoke the hero tag and replace it with a dumbass tag
2012-11-01 02:18:44 PM  
4 votes:
I don't want to poop on the hero parade, but he could have saved them all and himself if he'd made them evacuate. It's not like an earthquake where there's no warning.
2012-11-01 11:22:22 AM  
3 votes:
A tragic loss, yes, but a slightly weird story. He got them all to the attic safely, told them he was just going to check the basement and never returned. Sounds like maybe he got electrocuted while standing in the flooded basement?
2012-11-01 02:42:04 PM  
2 votes:
A hero for wandering to the basement in a flodo when your family was safe? How about dumbass tag.
2012-11-01 02:16:48 PM  
2 votes:

Quasar: Why were they all in a basement?

Great question. "Incoming floodwaters! Quick, everyone to low ground!"

Why were they even in the house? Get the fark out of town, people.
2012-11-01 11:21:45 AM  
2 votes:
Well played sir. Hero tag well deserved
2012-11-02 07:17:35 AM  
1 vote:
What does him being a cop have to do with it? And hero? It's not like he carried them all up to the attic on his back through a hail of gunfire. He told them to get in the attic. How brave. Random dogs everywhere breath a sigh of relief!
2012-11-01 05:16:17 PM  
1 vote:
Not to split hairs here, but he didn't give his life saving those people. They had already reached safety. He gave his life to check the basement.

/just sayin
2012-11-01 03:33:50 PM  
1 vote:
Hero tag? I'm thinking a Darwin tag would be better suited.
2012-11-01 03:21:14 PM  
1 vote:
While it's admirable that he saved his family...
1. going to high ground during a flood is something that even the dumbest of wild animals can comprehend
2. he had days of advanced notice.. as did the family
3. going back to check things out in the lowest area of a flooded spot when everyone is already accounted for is rather... questionable
4. they probably could've evacuated
2012-11-01 03:17:42 PM  
1 vote:
I hate speaking ill of the dead but....

Much of Staten Island lays in the mandatory evacuation Zone A, but many residents of this area defied the order.

He declined an evacuation order and died, and he was a police officer? He and his family shouldn't have been in danger to begin with. But he's a hero...
2012-11-01 02:49:49 PM  
1 vote:

darth_badger: He moved the family up to the attic and was going back to rescue his porn stash of drug money confiscated but never reported in the basement when tragedy struck.

This is what I was thinking when I read the story.
2012-11-01 02:41:55 PM  
1 vote:
Off-duty means he was drinking, right?
2012-11-01 02:31:58 PM  
1 vote:
The police in Manhattan have been pretty immense the last few days. I live in the Dark Zone and they had teams stationed at every intersection and patrols running down the streets with lights on (no sirens) every few minutes. Definitely made us feel safer in a neighborhood with no lights, power or cell service. I overheard a few in line for coffee yesterday who hadn't been home since Sunday. Very thankful to have them around.
2012-11-01 02:30:32 PM  
1 vote:
It's called "double-checking your work". He was making sure that no one was in the basement.
2012-11-01 02:26:32 PM  
1 vote:
So he rescued everyone by getting them to the attic, and after everyone was safe, decided to poke around in the basement? How does that translate he died while saving people?...I'm confuzzled.
2012-11-01 02:25:34 PM  
1 vote:
hero tag? Get everyone to safety (and himself) then go and play in the flooding basement?

More like Darwin....
2012-11-01 02:23:27 PM  
1 vote:
The key word "own" as in his "OWN" family is missing from the headline. It's not heroic when you save your own is expected. Why were they still in town. if he had more common sense, they would all be alive and none of us would be reading/discussing this.
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